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The Risk sector supports Comic Relief 2011

Today marks the UK's 23rd Red Nose Day, and this year will once again see celebrities expose themselves to gruelling conditions in the name of Comic Relief.
Blue Peter presenter Helen Skelton has already been for a walk - on a tightrope between the famous chimneys of London's Battersea power station.  There are special policies in place for such 'high risk' activities.  Allianz acts as an Underwriter for Duck for Cover, a not-for-profit association providing insurance for clowns and acrobats. 

Olly Murs, Dermot O'Leary and Kara Tointon are just some of the celebrities that have finished an arduous 100km Kaisut desert trek. They've had to contend with rock slides, snakes, spiders, scorpions and temperatures as high as 118°F.  This is one of the world's most inhospitable places, and travellers to the region need to have comprehensive travel insurance, including adequate medical cover and emergency repatriation.

Risk companies don't just cover risks that charity challenges may face. They also carry out their own charity activities.  In the past, Lloyds Banking Group's insurance business has pledged to give £5 to Comic Relief for every home insurance policy bought on Red Nose Day.  Zurich Connect's Fareham office has previously hosted one of the Sport Relief donation centres, and had 200 volunteers from their workforce on site until 2am, taking £120,000 in donations from across the world.

This year the following companies will be doing something funny for money:

Independent Insurance Services'
staff will all be donning something red in return for a donation.

RGA's UK office is holding a dress-down day and a 'guess the number of sweets in the jar' competition. We're not sure if the winner gets to eat them all...

Employees at Chaucer are risk experts by day but in support of Comic Relief, today they will be revealing their culinary talents in a bake off for the perfect cup cake!

RSA have agreed to match donations of up to £1,000 that teams of employees raise.

A fancy dress competition, a cake raffle, 'hunt the noses', 'pick a pose', and even employees agreeing to have their hair and eyebrows shaved off (and styled into a red mohawk!) are just some of the activities that Eldon will be doing this year.

Bartlett Group will also be holding a number of events, including a tombola, a raffle, a cake sale, and a 'pick a pose' challenge.

A 'mad hair' day, amongst other activities, will be hosted by Cunningham Lindsey to raise funds for worthy causes.

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